Monthly Archives: September 2009

Patience Pays Off For Blues

After making 25 straight playoff appearances the St Louis Blues missed out for 3 straight years before returning this past spring to the post season. In that time, there was lots of growth, lots of work done and lots of patience shown which paid off last year with a mildly surprising playoff appearance.

Whether they can duplicate what they’ve done or even build on it remains to be seen in the tough West. But, the way they’ve gone about rebuilding their roster should be applauded.

Phil in the future?


The Maple Leafs’ pursuit of Phil Kessel continues, but in the meantime there are nine National Hockey League exhibition games to play, including four in a row beginning tonight.

Torts may need vet to beef up blue line

Larry Brooks

John Tortorella entered training camp hoping that two young defensemen would emerge and be able to make the Rangers’ regular-season roster.

Potential Trade Scenarios This Season : Maple Leafs

This article might be a little premature, with the fate of Phil Kessel still undecided, but I’m going to proceed as if the Kessel situation will not be finalized until he is ready to return to action. Even with the acquisition of Kessel, the Leafs will play the first 30 games of the season or so with a mediocre forward group that will, in all likelhood, struggle to get a combination of offense from veterans (Blake, Poni) and youngsters (Bozak, Tlusty). If Kessel actually does arrive, his impact isn’t likely to be significant enough to transform that group from mediocre, to top-notch.

NHL News and Rumors – September 15, 2009

Wild expected to sign ‘pure goal scorer’ Petr Sykora after tryout

Kiss Kessel goodbye

One Forward’s Out, One’s Not


So it sounds like Brian Burke has offered the Boston Bruins

2 – First Round Picks
1 – Second Round Pick

In Exchange For

Phil Kessel
1 – Third Round Pick

Ottawa Senators, Season 1 A.D.H. – Are they a better team?

While the Danny Heatley trade has gotten mixed reviews, though most people think it was a bad deal for the Senators, and some would have you believe that Ottawa just kissed their playoff hopes goodbye, I want to have a look at whether or not the sens are an improved team since last season’s training camp. The results may surprise…

An Ugly Mess in Phoenix

It may be difficult to focus on hockey in Phoenix these days with all that is going on. But the Coyotes must persevere and find a way to deal with the adversity and uncertainty of the franchise.

Lost in all this legal lingo is that the Yotes have a good young team and in time may be good enough to compete.

This year though seems like a lost one and the curtain is coming down on NHL hockey in Phoenix.

Defining Year for the Kings

The Time has come for the LA Kings to start showing some results from their long rebuilding process. They have arguably one of the best young core group of players and the kind of talent they have assembled should be ready to deliver.

They’ve missed the playoffs 6 straight years and have had 4 different coaches in that time. Already somewhat an afterthought in LA, another playoff miss would send this team further into oblivion. That is surely something they cannot afford.

A New But Old Beginning In Jersey

The New Jersey Devils have turned the clock back a bit bringing back former coach Jacques Lemaire to direct them once again from behind the bench.

This really changes nothing for a Devils team so focused on defence. While they’ve tried to open things up a bit in Jersey, the trap, and the stigma that has been linked to this team for over a decade, is back in full force and that could mean trouble for teams in the East.


“Disgruntled forward Dany Heatley and a fifth round draft pick have been traded to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Milan Michalek, Jonathan Cheechoo and a second round pick. The trade ends a saga that began with a verbal trade request in mid-May.”


Leafs move to front of line for Kessel


Brian Burke is American, but seems to have adopted that old Royal Canadian Mounted Police credo to always get your man.

Tavares Era Begins

The New York Islanders have not won a playoff series in 16 years and have been a rather futile franchise with mismanagement, constant coaching changes and ownership issues.

But all that seems to be forgotten with the addition of 1st overall pick John Tavares. It is now his time, his team and his era and the Islanders are hoping that brings some renewed promise and hope to a team that has struggled for almost 2 decades.